The new 2018 Mac mini review: what you need to know about this amazing apple product coming soon

new mac mini

Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about the new apple mac mini that is going to be released this year

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Four USB 3 ports
  • HDMI port (this will be missed if it’s removed)
  • SDXC Card slot (the removal of which will also cause tears, no doubt)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio in and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • IR receiver

Specifications

According to Bloomberg sources (20 August), the new Mac mini will have a focus on pro use. Apparently Apple recognises the mini’s popularity among developers and as a server and it will be offering more storage options and a better processor for the machine. Below we will examine some of the potential components Apple may use in the machine.

new mac mini

Processor

1.4GHz

1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache

2.6GHz

2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache

2.8GHz

2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache

Storage

500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive

1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive

1TB Fusion Drive

Memory

4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory

8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory

8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 5000

Intel Iris Graphics

Intel Iris Graphics

Size

  • Height: 1.4 inches (3.6 cm)
  • Width: 7.7 inches (19.7 cm)
  • Depth: 7.7 inches (19.7 cm)

Weight

2.6 pounds (1.19 kg)

2.6 pounds (1.20 kg)

2.7 pounds (1.22 kg)

Video Support

Support for up to two displays at 2560 by 1600 pixels, both at millions of colors

Thunderbolt digital video output
  • Native Mini DisplayPort output
  • DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
  • Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
HDMI video output
  • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz
  • Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz

DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

Audio

  • Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
  • Audio line out/3.5 mm headphone jack (digital/analog)
  • HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
  • Built-in speaker

Connections and Expansions

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Four USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio in port
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • IR receiver

Communications

Wi-Fi

802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/g/b/n compatible

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Ethernet

10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Electrical and Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 85W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Typical acoustical performance:
    Sound pressure level (operator position): 12dBA at idle3

Limited Warranty and Service

Your Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. For more information, visit Apple Support.

In the Box

  • Mac mini
  • Power cord

Operating System

macOS

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Accessibility

Accessibility features help persons that have disabilities to get the most out of their new Mac mini. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can create and do amazing things.

Features include:
  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech